Low Down: Junk, Jazz, and Other Fairy Tales from Childhood Audiobook, by A. J. Albany Play Audiobook Sample

Low Down: Junk, Jazz, and Other Fairy Tales from Childhood Audiobook

Low Down: Junk, Jazz, and Other Fairy Tales from Childhood Audiobook, by A. J. Albany Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Lena Headey Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 2.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: December 2013 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781442368699

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07:59 minutes

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40 seconds

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03:08 minutes

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Emmy-nominated Game of Thrones star Lena Headey reads the acclaimed memoir that inspired the film in which she stars. This special movie tie-in edition is now available from Encore for a great value!

One day we’re walking down the street, passing a newsstand, when I stop and pick up a magazine (maybe Life) with Thelonious Monk of the cover. I kiss it, and say, ‘Hi Monk.’ Dad, combusting with pride, picks me up, looks at me with those beautiful gray-green eyes, and says: ‘From now on, you’re not just my baby, you’re my ace-one-boon-white-coon.’ That, he would claim, was the day we forever connected, and became more to each other than everything.

So begins Amy Albany’s life with her father, the legendary though obscure jazz pianist Joe Albany. Joe played with the likes of Charles Mingus, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, and Dexter Gordon. In red-boothed, booze-drenched Hollywood nightspots, chances were you’d find Albany’s daughter tucked behind the bar, curled on someone’s fur coat, while her father played his set. Teddy bears were for other kids—Amy slept with a ‘78 of Louis Armstrong’s ‘Sugar Blues’, and later with a photograph of the man himself inscribed ‘To little Amy-Joe, always in love with you—Pops’.

Written with gritty honesty, Low Down is Amy Albany’s extended improvisation on growing up, wise beyond her years and hip to the unpredictable ways of Old Lady Life at all too early an age, Albany guides us through the dope and deviance of the late 1960s and early 1970s jazz scene in Hollywood’s underbelly and beyond. What emerges is a raw and poignant portrait of a young girl trying to survive amongst the outcasts and misfits who guided her life.

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About A. J. Albany

A. J. Albany was born in 1962 and is the daughter of legendary bebop pianist Joe Albany. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and their two children.

About Lena Headey

Lena Headey is a British actress who is best known for her role as Queen Gorgo in the film 300 and as Cersei Lannister in the HBO series The Game of Thrones. Headey has also appeared in The Brothers Grimm, Possession, and The Remains of the Day. Born in Bermuda, Headey now shares her time between her homes in London and Los Angeles.